Nova Scotia Museum
Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection


Date: n.d.; 1700-1755?


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Source: Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax

Reference Number: P113/ 27.68 (6055)/ N-12,702

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Reverse of a medal dug up about 1877 on François Noel's Island [now Francis Nose Island], Halifax County, N.S., on the site of an old eighteenth-century French cemetery at the neck at the east end of the island, near Musquodoboit Harbour. According to Jeremiah Bartlett Alexis, the Mi'kmaq who sold it to the museum, the Mi'kmaq of the district were buried at this chapel. The medal is thought to be French and to have been made for the Indian trade. It was uncovered by John Baker of East Jeddore. The accession book lists it as measuring 1.26 to 1.28 inches in diameter. [Nova Scotia Museum Accession Book III, No. 6055, p. 123.] The image is thought to represent a woman, due to the presence of a baby in a highly inaccurate baby carrier (rather than a stone axe, as appears on the opposite side of the piece, with the image of a man's head).


medals; women; headdresses, women's; baby-carriers; motifs; chevron motifs

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